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Arabic for Elementary School Students, Intermediate, Part IV

Open to: Grades 2–6

Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Arabic for Elementary School Students, Intermediate, Part III or placement test

Course Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines

Course Length: 12 weeks (Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)

Course Code: ARL8

Course Description


This intermediate Arabic course is designed for 2nd to 6th grade students who have had prior knowledge and experience with the language and culture at the elementary and intermediate level.This is the last course of the intermediate Arabic series for elementary school students. The course will provide students with an opportunity to further develop their goals of speaking, listening, reading, and writing at an intermediate level, reinforcing critical fundamental areas of language learning and expanding content in grammar, oral exercises, and culture. Students will explore various aspects of Arab culture, including art and cinema, news and current events, and much more.

The course syllabus provides an outline that may help each student manage his or her study time more efficiently when studying for the class. The syllabus acts only as a guide, however. Students are free to study at their own pace. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of all materials provided to them, in hopes of aiding their learning and retention of the new language. Practicing is the key to learning any new language.

Once students have successfully completed Part IV of Intermediate Arabic, they should be able to:

  • Read and write longer paragraphs.
  • Describe physical characteristics, school subjects, news outlets, health conditions, and much more.
  • Ask and answer higher level thinking questions.
  • Distinguish between different Arab cultures and traditions.
  • Learn and apply various aspects of grammar, especially in writing.
  • Communicate in Arabic using practical and high-frequency vocabulary.

Interactive virtual online sessions are held twice per week for one hour in the evenings (both ET and PT). Separate conversations between each student and the instructor or teaching assistant are arranged individually. Students interact with the instructor and other students using Internet-based software.

This course has synchronous virtual class meetings and students will also schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor and teaching assistant. View the schedule for class meeting times. Meetings will be recorded for students who are unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts.

Virtual classrooms, and student activities in the classroom, may be recorded and added to the course as an ongoing asset for all class students to review. Students may be invited to interact in CTY community spaces that include students and instructors and potentially specially invited guests that are not enrolled in their course. Videos from YouTube or other web providers may be present in the course. Video recommendations or links provided at end of videos are generated by the video host provider and are not CTY recommendations. Student contributions (e.g., projects, forum posts, etc.) may remain in the course after the student completes the course. These artifacts may be preserved to showcase student work or to continue important conversations.

Materials Needed

Students will need a headset with microphone. In addition, the following books are required for this course:

Mastering Arabic 2 by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar

  • ISBN-10: 0781812542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781812542

Mastering Arabic 2 Activity Book: Intermediate Level Practice by Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar

  • ISBN-10: 0781813506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781813501

Although an Arabic-English dictionary is not required, it may be useful as a personal reference for the duration of this course.


Course Details

Course Details

Week 1

  • Recall and recognize concepts from Arabic for Elementary School Students, Intermediate, Part III (ARL7)
  • Identify ways to converse with others at a restaurant

Week 2

  • Describe clothes and their physical characteristics
  • Converse at a clothing store
  • Identify doubled verbs

Week 3

  • Recall present tense verbs
  • Use relative pronouns correctly in a sentence
  • Recall how to describe school subjects
  • Express skills and talents

Week 4

  • Ask and give instructions
  • Use appropriate vocabulary words to discuss the news and current events

Week 5

  • Give a negative instruction
  • Discuss the environment and climate
  • Write about holiday plans
  • Discuss holiday plans

Week 6

  • Recall and recognize concepts from weeks 1-5 to prepare for the midterm exam

Week 7

  • Describe possibilities of events happening
  • Change a verb to past passive
  • Recall how to describe future and past events

Week 8

  • Identify different body parts
  • Converse about health and happiness
  • Describe different types of illnesses

Week 9

  • Conduct a conversation at the pharmacy
  • Discuss different health conditions
  • Give advice related to heath

Week 10

  • Identify different forms of Arab culture in art and cinema
  • Discuss different film genres
  • Converse about past habits

Week 11

  • Identify parts of a play
  • Identify popular Arabic Phrases

Week 12

  • Recall and recognize concepts from weeks 1-11 to prepare for the final exam


Technical Requirements

This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom which can be used for instructor-student communication if the student has any questions about the course or curriculum. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch any recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.

Most course lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but in some cases assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.



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"My son thoroughly enjoys his Arabic course. In fact, it is his favorite course. The instructor has instilled a passion in him for learning not only the language, but the culture as well! He truly walks around the house speaking Arabic now. I don't understand what he is saying, but I love it!”

"Our family lives in rural America without much way of cultural diversions. When giving my daughter her first JHU CTY catalog, we were surprised but supportive when she picked Arabic. She is now in her 3rd semester and we see her practicing and going to class. However, we have no reference points on really how well she is doing outside of her grades. This all changed the other night.

In the next town over, there is a Greek and Mediterranean restaurant. The waiter, and presumably owner, had a Mediterranean appearance and an indistinguishable accent. When he mentioned he was from Lebanon, I told him that my daughter was learning Arabic. He began to talk with her and she answered quickly. The conversation was over in about 4 sentences but it left the waiter wide eyed. Apparently he used some non-standard conversational words and my daughter followed along and answered appropriately. When he asked me where she was learning Arabic, I told him all about JHU.

I am now talking with my daughter about helping her start an Arabic Club that would meet once month at this restaurant. She is also starting to tutor her 20 year old "cool" cousin on Arabic who has been teaching herself Arabic from a book, but did not know proper pronunciation of the alphabet or words. This too has been very motivational. I would like to say thank you to you and all the JHU CTY staff. You are changing lives!"

"An enthusiastic teacher, engaging presentations and an overwhelming sense of ease and congeniality at class time have made my daughter's foreign language study both meaningful and memorable."